Ensuring voluntary public Pre-K options are available in every school district provides
greater access to high quality early childhood education for Maine families. Although
some families will continue to choose to enroll their children in private Pre-K settings
or choose to keep them home until Kindergarten, voluntary public Pre-K provides
greater access while honoring family choice.
• Public Pre-K access has increased considerably since 2008-2009, when only 24% of districts
offered a public Pre-K option.
• State law requires all school districts to offer a voluntary public Pre-K option.
• Maine public Pre-K is high quality: Maine met 9 of 10 quality standards in recent years.